Rome, Italy - On April 5, 1880, Pope Leo XIII invited Don Bosco to take the initiative to build a church in honor of the "Sacred Heart of Jesus", specifying that he had no funds to offer him. The Piedmontese priest accepted on one condition: expanding the work to include "a large hostel, where poor young people, extremely numerous, especially in this very neighborhood, can be housed, and started off in schools for the arts and crafts." (Giovanni Battista Lemoyne, "John Bosco, the Life of the Venerable Servant of God", vol. 2). The building cost the elderly Don Bosco an incredible effort, but on May 14, 1887, it was consecrated. The Saint of Young People celebrated Mass there for the last time on May 16, 1887, during which he "often wept on contemplating his life." In 1921, Pope Benedict XV declared the temple of the "Sacred Heart of Jesus" as Minor Basilica.

Feast of Mary Help of Christians in the world

Rome, Italy - Pictures of Fr Filippo Rinaldi, III Rector Major of the Salesians and Founder of the Volunteers of Don Bosco, who became a Blessed today

Turin, Italy - In 1911, on the initiative of some Salesian past pupils, the idea came to erect a monument to Don Bosco in the square in front of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians at Valdocco, to mark the centenary of the birth of the founder of the Salesians which would fall in 1915. The work was to be inaugurated on 16 August, 1915, but because of the First World War the inauguration was postponed until 1920, although the statue was already in place on 23 June 1916.

Six scenes are depicted in the base supporting the statue highlighting devotion to Mary Help of Christians. 

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